Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Emelgem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A strong Belgian brown ale.
After extensive tasting, trying to fulfil increasingly strict requirements, the brewmaster obtains a creamy, dark Belgian brown ale: Kasteelbier. The quality of the past is still unmatched and the beloved taste is very much of the present. Kasteelbier is a dark, artisanal beer, soft and mild, full and creamy. It can age for many, many years, as indicated on the bottle. 11% abv, serve at 12°C (54°F) (Translation by Martinus)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikkellund42 (922) - - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle at Broekencafe, Eindhoven. Pours dark reddish brown with small off White head. Aroma is sweet caramel, honey, candyfloss, strawberries, plum, hints of soap and roses. Faint hints of metal. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, light bitter and light sour. Body is creamy with lively carbonation. Finish is long and oily with notes of anise, fennel, caramel, plum, champagne - almost like thin port wine.

NiklasT (143) - SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 Very dark mahogny, with a thin beige head. Clear. Aroma heavy, with lots of raisins balanced with the yeastiness. Taste more dried fruit (dates, figs) and a lot of caramel. Sweet, a bit too sweet at the start but there is a lingering bitterness that adds on and takes over at the end. Very good!

Quick3Beers (1505) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Pours a rich brown from a bottle, thick off-white head dissipates leaving some lacing. Big sweet caramel malt aroma, followed by a sweet brown sugar, light vanilla flavor. Very sweet, as others have mentioned. Not sure cellaring would diminish the sweetness, but would likely introduce new flavor elements to make it more interesting. Good beer.

BroSpud (2281) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle (750ml). Nice looking dark brown pour with a tan head. Not too boozy but was too sweet for my tastes. Wish I had aged this one for awhile.

panda_brewmaster (123) - Bournemouth, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Aromas od yeast, overripe banana and some alcohol. Taste is malty, caramelized sugar, overripe cherries. After is quite sweet overpowering the bitter. A bit too sweet for me.

jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2017
Bottle (750ml). Dark brown with tan head. Light caramel aroma. Taste is sweet and chocolate. Finish with some warming. Medium, creamy carbonation. This is a great desert beer.

chinchill (5376) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2017
330 ml stubby brown bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pours with very little head despite a vigorous pour, yet a durable partial coat and ring somehow appears and lingers on and on. Clear dark mahogany body. Loads of dark dried fruit aromas. The flavor is sweet too sweet IMO -- but not so sweet as to impede consumption, largely because some subtle but countering bitter shows up in the finish and aftertaste. Hints of green apples with the dark dried fruits.

Daboch (244) - Gdansk, POLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Ciemne przezroczyste piwo, piana średnia. Aromat winny lekko alkoholowy w tle owoce. Smak owocowy, rodzynki, śliwki, lekko słodki, dobrze skomponowany. Ciekawe przyjemne piwo

biilz (274) - SPAIN - DEC 6, 2017
Аромат алкогольный, ощущается карамель. Густая пена быстро исчезает, цвет темный. Во вкусе чувствуется алкоголь, Бельгийский шоколад немного кофе и очень много ванили. Послевкусие мягкое и длинное, в основном это ваниль и шоколад. Пиво очень приторное, также удовольствию мешает обильный и стойкий аромат алкоголя.

ericdevette (2) - - NOV 23, 2017 does not count
Not good. Much too sweet. A strong Belgian brown ale. After extensive tasting, trying to fulfil increasingly strict requirements, the brewmaster obtains a creamy, dark Belgian brown ale: Kasteelbier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

einherjar (497) - Rijeka, CROATIA - NOV 20, 2017
Dark brown color, medium beige head. Aroma coffee, caramel, chocolate. Taste very sweet, dry fruits, hints of caramel, alcohol surprisingly well hidden. Good, but after I saw it and smell it, expected more.

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